Match Preview: v Scunthorpe United (H) Match Preview: v Scunthorpe United (H)
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Match Preview: v Scunthorpe United (H)

Here we take a look ahead to the Saddlers' League Two clash with Scunthorpe United.
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Pre-Match Views

After failing to win either of their opening two League Two games, the Saddlers sit at the foot of the table and are in increasingly desperate need of a positive performance and, more importantly, a return to winning ways.
Adding to their opening-day defeat to Tranmere Rovers, the Saddlers suffered another disappointing loss at the weekend as they were thumped by three-goals-to-one by Forest Green Rovers, with Matthew Taylor's side once again unable to make more of their goal-scoring opportunities.

Although the season is very much in its infancy, there is an increasing amount of pressure being added onto the shoulders of both the manager and his team as we're now three winless games into the 2021/22 campaign.

Despite a summer of change giving the new-look Saddlers a little more wriggle room in terms of fans patience, an extended winless run will do little to appease fans who watched from home as their team entered week after week of dismal displays to finish 19th in League Two last season.

Clearly, the team was unlikely to start the season in league-winning form, but very few would have predicted the struggle which the team currently appears to be in.

Hopefully, as the weeks go on, the team will be able to find its feet and begin to make a move towards the safety of mid-table, because a continuation of the season-opening form could cause yet another rethink.

Opponents Scunthorpe United are also winless in their opening two league games and will be looking to add to their early-season relegation rivals' woes as they pay a visit to the Banks's on Tuesday evening.

Head to Head
The Saddlers and Iron have met on forty-nine previous occasions, and it's the Glanford Park side who hold a narrow overall lead, having tasted victory nineteen times compared to the Saddlers' eighteen.

There have been seventeen draws over the history of the fixture, a history which began at Fellows Park on Saturday, 28th November 1936 and saw the Saddlers defeat Scunthorpe by three-goals-to-nil and book a spot in the Second Round of the FA Cup.
The most recent meeting took place at the Iron's Glanford Park on Saturday, 24th April 2021 and saw the Saddlers win by two goals to nil as Emmanuel Osadebe and Josh Gordon netted within ten first-half minutes to help their team to victory.

Man in the Middle

The EFL has confirmed that Craig Hicks, who is based in Surrey will be the man in the middle, whilst Steven Plane and Anthony Moore have been named assistant referees. Billy Smallwood will act as Fourth Official.


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